RB Leipzig 2-1 1. FC Nürnberg: Comeback win keeps up hosts' feint promotion hopes
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Dominik Kaiser's late strike was enough to take Leipzig onto the forty point mark, just five behind fourth-placed Karlsruhe. Guido Burgstaller had given Nürnberg a first half lead, though Yordy Reyna and Kaiser turned it around in the second period to give Leipzig the three points.

Leipzig fell to a very lacklustre 1-0 defeat at the hands of 1. FC Heidenheim before the international break, meaning they'd failed to build upon an important win against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Achim Beierlorzer made two alterations from that side, replacing Diego Demme and Omer Damar with Georg Teigl and Yordy Reyna. 

Nürnberg were also defeated in their last game, with Bochum stealing a 2-1 at the Frankenstadion. Jürgen Mössmer was the only casualty from that side, as Niklas Stark came into the starting eleven in his place.

It was almost the perfect start for the visitors too, though their finishing let them down once more. A fantastic through ball from Alessandro Schöpf found Niklas Stark, but Fabio Coltorti rushed out and produced a brilliant save with his feet. The European Under-19 champion was a menace early on and he sent a twenty-yard drive crashing just wide of post, in what was a dominant opening ten minutes.

Guido Burgstaller also had a shot well saved by Coltorti, as Weiler's men continued to waste some excellent chances. Leipzig's front three were incredibly dangerous on the ball, but the problem was that they were seeing barely any of it.

The dominance finally paid off on the half hour mark. A fine delivery from Sebastian Kerk was met by Burgstaller and his header flew into the top corner, a flick that had left Coltorti beaten. Rodnei completely lost the Nürnberg wideman and was made to pay the ultimate price.

Both sides were going into tackles with all their might and Anthony Jung had to be replaced by Marvin Compper just before half-time, although he was seemingly uninjured. Leipzig had their 'keeper to thank that they weren't further behind, after a few top class saves limited Nürnberg to just the one goal.

The vistiors were made to pay for those missed chances immediately after the break. Some beautiful link-up play between Joshua Kimmich and Teigl allowed the latter to cut the ball back to Reyna. The Peruvian made no mistake from ten yards and side-footed the ball past Patrick Rakovsky at his near post, although it was behind him before he had time to react.

The goal seemed to knock der Club back a step and they were far less threatening in the second half. In truth, the second period was quick lacklustre and failed to spark on from the early goal. It wasn't until the final ten or so minutes that there was another meaningful chance and Leipzig took it in style. A seemingly passive phase of play say the ball drop to Dominik Kaiser and he rifled the ball into the bottom corner from twenty-five yards, a strike that caught everyone by surprise.

Leipzig managed to see out the rest of the game with relative ease to bounce back from their previous defeat, moving them up to sixth place. They travel to VfL Bochum next weekend and will know that after Karlsruhe drew, the chance is there to push them for promotion.

Nürnberg take on Darmstadt, knowing that any remaining hopes of catching the top three is gone. They'll take heart from the first-half display, but will know that they should have taken at least a point from the game.

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